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(αἱ Πύλαι/hai Pýlai, 'the gates'; literary Θερμοπύλαι/Thermopýlai, lit. 'hot-gates'; Latin Thermopylae)

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I. Geography

Famous coastal pass at the northern foot of Mt. Callidromus, the only route through from northern to central Greece that was passable for troop movements in antiquity. Greece was therefore divided in 'within and without the pylai' (Str. 8,1,3; 9,4,15; Pol. 10,41,5; Plut. Mor. 418a; 867b-d; Plut. Demetrios 23,2; Plut. Titus Flaminius 5,3; Arr. Anab. 1,7,5; Pau…

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Meyer, “Thermopylae”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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